“Shoreline management” is defined as any tidal shoreline practice that prevents and/or reduces tidal sediments to the Bay. Shoreline management practices consist of structural or hard practices, vegetated practices, or a mix of hardened and vegetative practices often called a hybrid approach.

Chesapeake Bay states can use qualifying shoreline management practices as part of an overall watershed strategy to meet nutrient and sediment load reduction targets for existing urban development under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

The Expert Panel’s recommendations were approved by the Water Quality GIT in Summer 2015, and updated in May 2018 to include nutrient reductions under the prevented sediment approach (Protocol 1).

U-14 Shoreline Management Fact Sheet

Expert Panel Report:


Shoreline Management Practices Expert Panel Report

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to define nutrient and sediment removal rates from shoreline management projects.

Version 2019 | Size (3 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Training Resources:

[Webcast] Shoreline Erosion Management 101 to Support Chesapeake Bay Health

Other Resources:

A Summary Report of Sediment Processes in Chesapeake Bay and Watershed

USGS Publication “Summary Report on Sediment Processes in the Chesapeake Bay” WRIR 03-4123 A product of the EPA-CBP Sediment Workgroup (Nutrient subcommittee)

Version 2003 | Size (7 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Updating Maryland’s Sea-level Rise Projections

Special Report of the Scientific and Technical Working Group to the Maryland Climate Change Commission. June 2013. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, MD.

Version june 2013 | Size (4 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download

Shoreline Management Webcast Suggested Reading

Recommendations for further reading on shoreline management practices and issues.

Version june 2015 | Size (188 KB) | File type (.pdf) | Download